Home > Regions > North America > CCIIO Issues Bulletin on Plans to Define the Essential Health Benefits Package: Providing States with a Significant Role While Still Leaving Room for Public Input

CCIIO Issues Bulletin on Plans to Define the Essential Health Benefits Package: Providing States with a Significant Role While Still Leaving Room for Public Input

by Lynn Shapiro Snyder and Lesley R. Yeung

On December 16, 2011, the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (“CCIIO”) within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a “bulletin” to provide information and solicit comments on the regulatory approach that the Department of Health and Human Services plans to propose to define essential health benefits (“EHB”) under section 1302 of the Affordable Care Act. The “bulletin” provides information to stakeholders (i.e., consumers, states, employers, and health insurance issuers) about what benefits are likely to be required under the EHB package. CCIIO is proposing to give states a significant role in defining the EHB package by allowing them to select from one of four benchmark health plan types that will serve as the standard for the health plans offered through the new state exchanges starting in 2014. Public comments may be submitted to CMS by January 31, 2012. Comments should be sent to EssentialHealthBenefits@cms.hhs.gov. Stakeholders interested in the EHB package definition process should consider submitting comments and actively engaging in public dialogue with HHS on the process now.

Read the full alert here